The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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A discovery made by a kung fu obsessed American teen sends him on an adventure to China, where he joins up with a band of martial arts warriors in order to free the imprisoned Monkey King.

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  • Jackie Chan and Michael Angarano in The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
  • Jackie Chan in The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
  • Jet Li and Yifei Liu in The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
  • Michael Angarano and Yifei Liu in The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
  • Jackie Chan and Jet Li in The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
  • Bingbing Li in The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

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7 May 2009 | ccthemovieman-1
| Likable Martial Arts Fantasy
Jackie Chan has to be one of the more likable actors of his generation, a man who can successfully combine martial arts brutality and humor.....and pull it off, each time. "The Forbidden Kingdom" is another example of his talents, geniality and flair for comedy in addition to the obvious martial arts skills he's shown us all these years.

To make long story very short, this is tale an American teen who finds an ornate bo-staff at a friend's shop in Chinatown and the kid's mission winds up to deliver this age-old weapon to its rightful owner across the world in China and in a different time period. Yeah, I know, the story is ludicrous, but who cares? It's an entertaining film with some great stunts and some good humor. We have young people, old people, amateur fighters and pros, pretty girls with pretty moms, exotic locales and a lot of seriousness mixed with goofiness and Chinese mythology.

This is a not a film for "hard core" martial-arts fans, nor is it an "intelligent" film but if you're looking for a fun two hours of total escapism without the story being too stupid to enjoy, this fits the bill. I mean, you get Chan and Jet Li, in the same movie for the first time, too - not bad!

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